Inventory by Jacques Prévert

One stone

two houses

three ruins

four gravediggers

one garden

a few flowers

one raccoon

a dozen oysters one lemon one loaf of bread

one ray of sunlight

one groundswell

six musicians

one door complete with doormat

one gentleman decorated with the Légion d’Honneur

another raccoon

one sculptor who sculpts Napoleons

the flower named marigold

two lovers in a large bed

one tax collector one chair three turkey cocks

one cleric one boil

one wasp

one irresolute kidney

one racing stable

one undeserving son two Dominican brothers three grasshoppers one

tip-up seat

two ladies of the night one amorous uncle

one mater dolorosa three sugar daddies two Monsieur Seguin goats

one Louis XV heel

one Louis XVI armchair

one Henry II sideboard two Henry III sideboards three Henry IV


one discarded drawer

one ball of string two safety pins one elderly gentleman

one Victory of Samothrace one accountant two assistant accountants one

man-of-the-world two surgeons three vegetarians

one cannibal

one colonial exhibition one entire horse one half pint of good blood one

tsetse fly

one lobster American style one garden French style

two potatoes English style

one lorgnette one footman one orphan one iron lung

one day of glory

one week of happiness

one month of Mary

one terrible year

one minute of silence one second’s lack of attention


five or six raccoons1

1Jacques Prévert, ‘Inventory’, reproduced in ‘From the Stone Age to Jacques Prévert’, op. cit., pp.144-145.


About anti

Anthony Iles is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University. A founder member of the Full Unemployment Cinema. A contributing editor with Mute / Metamute since 2005. He is the author, with Josephine Berry-Slater, of the book, No Room to Move: Art and the Regenerate City (Mute Books, London 2011), contributing editor to the recent publications, Anguish Language: writing and crisis (Archive Books, Berlin, 2015), and Look at Hazards, Look at Losses (Mute/Kuda, 2017) and a contributor to Brave New Work: A Reader on Harun Farocki’s Film A New Product. Recent essays have been published in Mute, Radical Philosophy, Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art and Logos.
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